There are times when you need to bend a metal part, and simply using a vice and some brute force just won't do the job. This metal bender allows anyone to form a metal part with control.
The product has two parts: the male die and the V-block. Both are made of high strength malleable cast iron, capable of bending up to 3.2mm(1/8") mild steel. Each piece (about 75mm(3") long by 28mm(1.1/8") wide) clamps itself against a vice jaw using embedded rare earth magnets.
The main purpose of the metal bender is to make bends up to 90° for such things as angle brackets and sheet metal parts. Using the V-block on its own, you can securely hold rounds such as rods, tubes and dowels. Combining the V-block with a C-clamp makes easy work of repairing a chair leg. The male die on its own can hold complex curved or concave parts between the jaws. A versatile and inexpensive tool for any workshop.
1 January 2017
Great for custom bracket constructionI've used this to form some custom steel brackets out of 5mm thk steel restraint strap. This is only possible if you heat the steel up to red hot where you want to bend it as cold forming is limited to thinner material. The cast iron is a bit rough but it does the job, good value.
21 January 2016
Works just fineProduces good clean bends in sheet and strip metal - great for simple bracket construction and the like.
27 September 2012
A bit rough but will do the jobThis is essentially two bits of rough cast iron with embedded magnets to hold it to the vice jaws. The rough finish means that the work gets scored during the bending process. It is not hard to smooth off the worst of this with a file and the instructions that come with it suggest you do this. If you are happy to do this slight modification it will then do the job. In view of what else is available it is good value.